Why Parking Revenue Is Down

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By John Hubbuch

After the first 6 months of 2011 Oak Park has collected about 34% less than expected from parking fines. That's hardly surprising. As the cost of a tickect had more than doubled in recent years, people are ever more vigilant. I'll be surprised if meter revenue isn't also down following increases in parking fees.

I go to movies over 80 times a year, and I frequently have to choose between the Lake Theater in Oak Park and its sister North Riverside Mall Theater. I want to support the Lake, but it costs 50 cents more, and I can park for free at North Riverside instead of $2.50 in Oak Park. So  it costs me 50% more to watch Cowboys and Aliens in one theater than in the other. And I don't have to worry about getting a parking ticket in North Riverside.                                              

You don't have to be Adam Smith to understand which choice the rational purchaser of movies might make. Oh , and I live in south Oak Park so I'm about equidistant from the two theaters.

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john murtagh from oak park  

Posted: August 2nd, 2011 11:08 PM

Cripes Joe, hope you are not saying that there is a big difference in a dark theater in North Riverside and Oak Park? Seems to me there the same. You must be saying that it is the surroundings outside the theater that are worth more in OP than in Riverside. That could be true but not if going to the movie is your only plan for the night.

North Riverside is Local Enough  

Posted: August 2nd, 2011 11:00 PM

I'm with Hubbuch on this one....when the Village creates dis-incentives to shop local by charging for parking, I feel even less guilty about driving somewhere else. They already have my property tax dollars (which seem to be squandered on the next hare-brained scheme), so why not save money? Yes, it's a downward spiral from here as the Village keeps trying to count revenue that they force into neighboring communities!

Mr. Borderman from Oak Park   

Posted: August 2nd, 2011 10:24 PM

"Ever more vigilant"? I was in the Oak Park Avenue / Lake area this afternoon and spotted FIVE cars parked at expired meters on the south side of the street, from Caribou to Starbucks. I was in the area two hours and NO ONE came by to issue tickets - I finally called the non-emergency number for the police myself. But a car parked one foot into the yellow on Euclid had a ticket. Give me a break - OP THROWS AWAY this revenue due to lax enforcement.

Joe  

Posted: August 2nd, 2011 8:45 AM

The $3 extra you pay is so you don't have to go to North Riverside. Just because it is cheaper doesn't make it a better deal. N Riverside mall is a total dump...

Silly  

Posted: August 1st, 2011 11:15 PM

Why not just live in N Riverside? Its much cheaper on property taxes.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: August 1st, 2011 8:27 PM

With so many vacant storefronts around the Village could try some new ideas. Nah.

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